If you want to make really healthy and delicious meals, you need to use the best ingredients. That’s what I learned when I visited The Farm in Orange, California.
They grow some of the best fruits, vegetables, and herbs anywhere. The Farm is where the restaurant called The Ranch gets the produce and herbs that Chef Michael Rossi uses to make his amazing recipes.
My mom and I took a tour of The Farm with Chef Rossi and we learned a lot of cool things from him.
The Farm has six hundred tomato vines and ninety different tomatoes! They use the tomatoes to make all kinds of sauces and dishes at The Ranch.
I normally don’t like tomatoes very much, but the ones at The Ranch tasted totally different than the tomatoes that I tried before. They tasted sweeter and I learned that’s what they are supposed to taste like!
When the tomato season is over the farmers take all of the tomato plants out of the ground and they plant something else.
That’s a lot of work, but Chef Rossi told me that it’s the way you are supposed to do it. All of the fruits and vegetables have different seasons that they grow best in, and it also helps the soil so that’s why they plant new things all the
Some of the other things we got to taste on our tour were fresh lemongrass, green beans, lightening tomatoes, and blueberries.
They also have orange trees, fig trees, purple lettuce, kale, pumpkins and all kinds of squash, herbs, and a bunch of other things.
They also have an awesome green house too. I have never been in a green house and didn't know what it was. It looks like a little house on the outside and on the inside is where you keep the herbs and plants. The green house keeps the herbs and plants out of the sun.
The fruits and vegetables we ate at The Farm tasted and smelled different than the ones at the grocery stores - The Farm’s food was much better! We ate everything right off of the vine. When I taste the fruits and vegetables at the grocery store, a lot of them taste sour. Even when they get washed.
I learned that it’s because the grocery store gets a lot of their fruits and vegetables from places around the world, and they pick the fruits and vegetables before they are ripe so they don’t rot on the long journey to the grocery store. I also learned that the soil is sometimes unhealthy too and it makes the fruits and vegetables taste bad.
One of the best and most important things I learned at The Farm was that The Farm doesn't use any chemicals on the things that they grow. The chemicals that are used on some of the other farms can be poisonous to the soil, the produce, and our bodies. After going to The Farm and tasting some of
the things that they grow there, I’m really excited about
eating at The Ranch!
Thank you Melissa and Chef Rossi for a great day! I can’t wait
to try some of your recipes when I visit you at The Ranch!